Weight concerns vary widely, from losing weight to gaining weight, from practicing good nutrition and exercise to eating disorders that can lead to lifelong anxiety, depression, and even suicide. People of all body shapes and sizes can have significant concerns about their weight, whether they are trying to get smaller or larger. Weight concerns show up in every population, gender, and age group but are most common among girls and women. Contributing factors include diet choices, parenting influences, societal messages about our bodies, attempts to gain self-control, athletics, disease, and food allergies.
Over the past twenty-five years, our quest for thinness has morphed into a relentless obsession with weight and body image. In our culture, “fat” has become a four-letter word. Or, as Lance Armstrong said to the wife of a former teammate, “I called you crazy. I called you a bitch.
Fat isn’t the problem. Dieting is the problem. A society that rejects anyone whose body shape or size doesn’t match an impossible ideal is the problem. A medical establishment that equates “thin” with “healthy” is the problem. The solution? Health at Every Size.